The SCC and COVID-19

With the University reopening its doors in the Fall of 2020, the Student Center Complex (SCC) is committed to providing a space to the University community during this new normal of physical distancing. As the global pandemic continues to evolve, the SCC will make necessary updates to the information provided below.

Physical Distancing in the SCC

The SCC is taking proactive measures to ensure that physical distancing can be respected inside our facilities. Everyone in the Shalala Student Center (SC) and Whitten University Center (UC) must adhere to distancing protocols displayed throughout the facilities. Any persons found not adhering to distancing protocols within the SCC will be asked to leave the facility.

Clearly marked entrances and exits are utilized in each building to maintain physical distancing and reduce the number of entry points to monitor and clean.
SCC staff will conduct check-ins with campus facilities and custodial staff to identify which areas will require additional cleaning.
Signage will be present throughout the SCC to indicate current restrictions and reminders of appropriate physical distancing.
All seating within the First Floor Lobby, mezzanines, lounges, and outdoor spaces will be rearranged to provide a 6-feet distance between individuals. Moving furniture is not permitted.
Clear panels are placed at the information desks, the UC Pool desk, and the UC 2420 desk. 
Restrooms at the SCC will have reduced capacities to encourage physical distancing.

Events in the SCC

In accordance with recommendations from the University’s COVID-19 Events and Activities Committee, the SCC Reservations Team has been working diligently to outline safe guidelines, policies, and procedures for your reservations. This constantly evolving situation has challenged our event community to be flexible and adaptable in all aspects of event planning and venue management.

Our team will continue to monitor and follow public health guidelines as defined by the University of Miami, local emergency orders, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and/or other regulatory guidelines. Note, that these changes may come with little to no notice to the event host as University leadership and government officials adapt to combating COVID-19. 

For specific guidelines related to student meetings and events at the Student Center Complex visit

COSO funded undergraduate student organizations must also adhere to event guidelines and policies as outlined by the Department of Student Organizations and Student Activities here

Help Us Slow the Spread

As we continue to take steps to combat the spread of the virus, there are several steps you will be asked to take in tandem with University guidance. For a comprehensive overview of expectations, please visit the University's COVID-19 response page.

Students can report concerns about unsafe behaviors of student groups or individual students to 'Canes Care for 'Canes.

SCC Spaces

While we recognize that The Rat is a staple of campus culture, operational changes have been made to ensure the safety of our campus community. 

The Rathskeller will use guidance from local and state authorities regarding operations for bars, restaurants, and other places of public gathering to determine specific regulations for service. Some of these guidances include:

Food will be to-go only. Inside dining is closed. 
Order ahead online at
All employees must wear facial coverings and gloves at all times.
Condiment pumps will be unavailable, single-serve packets will be provided instead.
No fountain drinks or pitchers will be served, and alcohol sales will be suspended until further notice

Additionally, operations may be limited to to-go and pick-up only based on guidance from local and state authorities.

The University Center Pool is operating under a reduced capacity to ensure proper physical distancing guidelines can be met.

Masks are required to be worn at all times except when swimming in the pool.
A towel is required to enter the facility. 
Patrons must follow all signage and guidelines for physical distancing.
Locker room capacity has been reduced to two patrons at a time. Locker rooms are off-limits except for using the restroom: no showering, limit changing, lockers are off-limits.
Staff will conduct hourly inspections and disinfecting of the locker rooms.
All recreational lap lanes will remain open. Each lane will be limited to one person.
Furniture on the pool deck is arranged to allow for proper physical distancing. Moving furniture is not permitted.
 bring their own towel and to please place them in the lounges when they sit or lay down

To reserve a lap lane or a lounger up to 48 hours in advance, email or call 305-284-5625 during operating hours.

Furniture in the public areas of the Shala Student Center's Student Organization Suite will be rearranged to provide 6’ distance. Moving furniture is not permitted.

Individual student organization offices are expected to adhere to SCC physical distancing requirements. Any student organization found to be utilizing their offices in disregard to SCC physical distancing may lose privileges to access the office space.

Retail locations including Starbucks, the Campus Store, Hurricane Food Court, and other dining locations are managed by Auxiliary Services and/or UM Dining and may operate under different guidelines and policies.